Back in September 2016 I told you about 21 Really Useful FREE Image Sites, so I thought it was about time to re-visit that list to see if anything has changed or if there are any other suggestions I can make.
And guess what?! There’s more …
But, before we get to the list, it’s important to think about why we use images and how we can make sure we are using images ethically and legally.
Using Images: The Stats
- Images and photos are the most important tactic in optimising social media posts (source)
- Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favourites and 150% more Retweets (source)
- Adding a photo URL to a Tweet can boost Retweets by 35% (source)
- On Facebook photo posts get 39% more interaction (source)
Good quality images help ‘sell’ our website pages, Tweets, Facebook Posts and Blogs. But this can prove expensive if you are using stock image sites
That’s OK, I’ll Get My Images from Google
STOP! Just because creative content, like a photograph or another form of image, has been published on the Internet (and can be seen in a Google Images search) it is not free to use.
In the Tools section of an image search on Google there is a Usage Rights filter system where you can check how you are able to use images, for example, ‘labelled for reuse with modification’, however, you have to be very careful to fully understand and abide by the rules.
If you want to know more click here to read a really useful article.
26 Really Useful FREE Image Sites
I have put together this list of 26 Really Useful FREE Image Sites (and thrown in a couple of great image tools) to help you ensure the images you are using are legal, look great and give you lots of choices.
So keep reading to discover a whole host of websites where you can access really great images for free.
Really Useful Image Websites
1.BigFoto – is a royalty-free photo gallery in which most of the photos have been contributed by amateur photographers. No login is required.
2.Dreamstime – offers a free section that’s searchable and frequently updated. It requires you to create a (free) account.
3.Free Digital Photos – has masses of free images—categorised and searchable—for business, personal or educational use. They’re smaller sized, and larger versions are available to purchase. Using the free images requires a credit to the photographer.
4.Free Images – is a large gallery of more than 350,000 stock photos, searchable and categorised. Downloading a photo does require a longer-than-most signup process but the bigger selection might be worth it.
5.FreeMediaGoo – offers royalty-free, cost-free media that can be used in print, film, TV, Internet or any other type of media both for commercial and personal use. There’s no login required but the collection is slightly limited, organised into unique categories like “beach backgrounds” and “concrete textures.”
6.Free Range Stock – offers access to free high-quality, high-resolution stock photos. A (free) registration is required.
7.Free Photos Bank – has a nice collection of free photos available for download without login. They’re extensively categorised with a few different ways to search.
8.Gratisography – is a collection of free high-resolution images for personal or commercial use. New photos are added weekly; simply click to download.
9.ImageFree – registered users can download both free and paid images to use in corporate and personal projects. The free selection seems fairly limited.
10.IM Free – offers a curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use. Search for a keyword or browse through the categories.
11.Morguefile – contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site. A short registration is required, and the photographer should be credited.
12.New Old Stock – is a collection of vintage photos from the public archives, free of known copyright restrictions.
13.PicJumbo – offers a variety of free photos for any kind of use—free of charge with no registration required. Although there’s no search function, categories help you find what you want.
14.Pickupimage – is a large collection of free stock images mostly focusing on nature- and outdoor-related scenes that can be copied, modified or distributed—even for commercial purposes. No registration is necessary.
15.Pixabay – offers copyright-free, cost-free images published under Creative Commons. You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes. No registration is required.
16.Public Domain Pictures – is a repository for a wide variety of free public domain images uploaded by amateur photographers. A brief signup is required.
17.Rgbstock – is a free stock image site created by photographers and graphic artists. Registration is required but it’s a one-click process and the range of photos is excellent.
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18.Death to The Stock Photo – sends free high-resolution lifestyle photography sent to you monthly.
19.Unsplash– sends 10 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos every 10 days.
Really Useful Places to Create Your Own Images
There are lots of tools out there to help you create your own images – or make the ones you have already look different. Here are a couple of my favourites:
20.Picmonkey– is a free photo editor that works in your browser; you don’t have to download or install anything. With Picmonkey you can fix your photos; add filters and text; touch up facial features; or create outstanding graphics and collages.
21.Canva– allows you to search for the best graphics, photos, and fonts; you can even upload your own. You can then use the simple drag-and-drop tool to create a new design.
Really Useful Places to Create GIFs, Videos and Infographics?
23.Animoto – this allows you to make great looking slideshow videos. It isn’t free, but it does have a free trial option so, if you have some projects in mind you could always create them during the free trial period.
24.Piktochhart – a simple, pictorial way to create a graphic, visual representations of information that allows you to present facts, statistics or data quickly and clearly (Related Post: 3 Brilliant Business Building Tools I Discovered This Week)
25.Klock.Work – so much more than the infographics idea generator it describes itself as (Related Post: 5 Time Saving Business Tools You Love – And Now I Do Too!)
26.Make A Gif – a simple way to ‘stitch’ images together to create the illusion of movement (Related Post: 3 Brilliant Business Building Tools I Discovered This Week)